Supernatural: Breakdown
January 29, 2018 11:11 AM - Season 13, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Sam and Dean help Donna investigate her niece's disappearance and discover a gruesome crime network.

Wasn't sure how much to put into the description without spoiling, so I went with the safest.

DONNA!

I was sure this storyline has been done before, but I must have confused it with other shows. You'd think Supernatural would've done this story a while ago, but nope. It's definitely interesting though. Like the zombies on iZombie needing a legitimate source of brains without going out attacking normal humans. I wonder if there is a huge network for monsters that hunters just aren't aware of. And how much would the British Men of Letters been able to discover and help with if they weren't total assholes.

Also, that just reminded me that we haven't seen jack squat about Asmodeus and Ketch.

"Bring it, Twilight"

Man, poor Doug.
posted by numaner (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
also there's a scooby doo crossover happening and i don't really know how to feel about that
posted by numaner at 11:14 AM on January 29, 2018 [1 favorite]


I’m always happy to see Donna - though one of the reasons I love to see her is because of what a ray of sunshine she is, so I’m sorry they gave her a break-up. Still, they didn’t go for Winchester-level angst of Donna having to kill Vampire-Doug or of not saving her niece from torture and death. Are they just getting her freed up from romantic entanglements for the spin-off?
posted by oh yeah! at 2:25 PM on January 29, 2018 [2 favorites]


Are they just getting her freed up from romantic entanglements for the spin-off?

Yeah, I'm pretty sure it was that. She's presumably gonna move to Jody's town and help mentor the girls.

My girlfriend pointed out that Donna's accent was really played down in this one. I can see why they'd do that, to make the character a little less goofy so she can have more dramatic storylines. But her whole "Yah, you betcha" thing was part of her charm!

we haven't seen jack squat about Asmodeus and Ketch.

Actually, I've kind of forgotten where some of these people are right now. Mary is being tortured in the alt-universe, and Jack is there too, right? But where's Castiel? Is Lucifer still on Earth, without powers? It seems like six months since we've seen some of these people. (And I'm kind of amazed they haven't done more with alt-Bobby!)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 3:21 PM on January 29, 2018 [1 favorite]


She's presumably gonna move to Jody's town

what's the ship name? Jonna? Dody? Jodonny? Donjody? Dojonny? help
posted by numaner at 4:28 PM on January 29, 2018 [1 favorite]


Actually, I've kind of forgotten where some of these people are right now.

Actually both Castiel and Lucifer are captured by Asmodeus, in the dog cages that Crowley used to be in at Hell's Earth HQ *. (which, btw, I don't understand how it's still there given that after the boys raided it last season, the angels should eventually have figured it out and wiped it out by now).

* I'm like super proud that the minute I pulled up the wiki to look this up I started remembering that exact scene before even reading
posted by numaner at 4:33 PM on January 29, 2018 [1 favorite]


Actually both Castiel and Lucifer are captured by Asmodeus, in the dog cages that Crowley used to be in at Hell's Earth HQ

Wow. I have no memory of that at all. I'm liking this season fine, but Asmodeus has to be their most slow-moving big bad ever. He's like a B-plot baddie who somehow made it to the top. Usually we'd be hearing a lot more apocalypse talk by now!

btw, I don't understand how it's still there given that after the boys raided it last season, the angels should eventually have figured it out and wiped it out by now).

Because once they built that set, they weren't just gonna junk it!

Speaking of sets, the next X-Files episode looks like it's set on a big rusty hulk of a boat that seems awfully familiar. Somebody in Vancouver is making bank renting out their big junked boat to genre shows!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 5:12 PM on January 29, 2018 [2 favorites]


Usually we'd be hearing a lot more apocalypse talk by now

they made everything centered on Jack, so until he's back, everything's gonna be in a bottleneck, and we'll probably have the plot opened up after midseason break
posted by numaner at 6:56 PM on January 29, 2018


This episode seemed much darker than usual.
posted by sarcasticah at 6:58 PM on January 29, 2018 [2 favorites]


Quotes

Sam: This ends one way for us, Dean. It ends bloody. It ends bad.

Donna: Even the good book's got lawyer jokes.

Dean: You got up at 10:00 am this morning. 10:00 am. You, Mr. Rise and Freakin’ Shine. And then you turned down pancakes.
Sam: I wasn’t hungry.
Dean: They’re pancakes.

Sam: [regarding the online body parts auction] Where does this broadcast from?
Marlon: I don’t know. Got me. I mean, I don’t run the thing. I just… Look, I see someone I think nobody’s gonna miss, I send a message, I get paid.
Dean: And you feel good about that?
Marlon: No, but, you know, like you don’t got bills?

Trivia

On a side note concerning Wendy's abduction on the side of the road, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is spearheading a major program called the Highway Serial Killer Initiative, due to the ease of taking a person in one state, and killing and disposing of a body in another.

Sarah Dugdale (Wendy Hanscum) also played Chloe in "Party On, Garth" (ep. 7.18).

Truckers actually rarely use the phrase "breaker breaker" when talking on CB radio, when someone does use the phrase over the radio it's usually someone who doesn't normally communicate via CB. Talking like you're a character from Smokey and the Bandit will identify you as an outsider.

The episode's title may be an allusion to a 1997 film, Breakdown, with a similar theme of person searching for a loved one abducted from the middle of the road.

Statie is a slang term for the State Police in the United States.

When Donna is talking to suspect Pastor Diamond in the interrogation room, Sam and Agent Clegg can be seen through the window, which shouldn't be possible since interrogation rooms have one-way mirrors in them to allow someone to observe the interrogation, usually the unit's commanding officer or someone from the District Attorney's office, from the other room without being seen by the suspect.
posted by orange swan at 3:52 PM on February 12


It's amazing how much people were willing to pay for a Samchop.

It's a chilling thought that the Winchesters have only been catching the stupid/careless monsters, and that those are only the tip of the iceberg.

Excellent performance from Briana Buckmaster in this episode. I'm glad she got more of a chance to show what she can do.

Maybe Doug will come round if he has a chance to sit with his new knowledge?
posted by orange swan at 3:54 PM on February 12


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